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    Have just managed to blag myself a daily supply of used coffee from the coffee shop @ work as I heard it can be added to the compost. I hope this is true....
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    Coffee grounds can certainly be added to the compost heap. They can also be put around the base of your plants to deter slugs. You would need quite a lot to keep topping up after rain and so on but if you have a daily supply you shouldn't have any problems.
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    It can be, but I wouldn't use too much.

    It's also a great slug deterrent. Spread it over the surface of the ground, slugs hate it. It dehydrates them I think.

    Edit; Like what snuffer said.
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    We chuck it in our compost-bin, along with the used tea-bags. OH used to get a supply from work, but has since changed his job so it's just our own now. It certainly rots down well, even when we were getting it in large quantities and helped make lovely compost, it does tend to dry out easily though, I'd make sure you give it a good watering before you add it.
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    I hear they are high in nitrogen, so put them around your nitrogen loving plants.
    The Starbucks, or is it Costa Coffee, near me provides bags with a label on telling you what to put them on. I think it suggests aliums too.
    Although I seem to recall they can be acidic, so be careful with your ph balancing.

    I also read that mixing them with egg shells and creating a ring of the mixture around plant bases can act as a deterant to slugs and snails, but make sure they do not touch the plant itself as this can cause burning. Or adding orange peel can deter cats.
    You can mash up the grounds and add them to the bald spots in your lawn. You should see results within 3 days.

    Putting them in your compost bin attracts worms to the bin which will speed up the decomposition process (as well as adding nitrogen to your compost).

    Washing your hands in coffee grounds will remove grease and oils as well as exfoliating. And it's also fragrant if you like the smell!

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    I get a bucket load a week form work. You can put as much as 25% into your compost bin.

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    I add them to every batch of onions that go in as part of the soil prep - along with some epsom salts and some sand and home made compost. Probably doesn't need it but I have thick clay and anything that adds organic material and more drainage is good.


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